Best foundation for sensitive/combo skin.

I'm looking for a medium to full coverage foundation that will work with my sensitive, combination skin (oily forehead, dry nose & cheeks).  I've tried many brands that either don't give the coverage I'm looking for, or they make my dry skin stand even worse.  Any suggestions?

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I have the same kind of skin and I use Clinique Almost Powder Makeup, it doesn't irritate my skin and it gives good coverage. 

Hope it works for you!


Clinique Stay-True Makeup Oil-Free Formula is a liquid foundation designed for combination skin types, provides full coverage and is non-acnegenic so it won't cause breakouts.  You can read all about it here:

Another option that you may like is Clinique's Superpowder Double Face Makeup.  With this product, you get a powder and foundation combined in one portable compact.  The long-wearing, full-coverage powder works as an over-foundation finisher or as a powder foundation.  The extra-cling formula provides double coverage, yet leaves your skin with a natural skin-perfected look.  It is for combination skin types and is non-acnegenic so it won't cause breakouts.  You can find it here:

I hope this helps you. Smiley Happy


Did you try Bare Minerals? I didn't try it until I was getting fed up with the old foundation I was using. I bought the matte version of their loose foundation, and wow. My oily nose and forehead were all nice and matte, like the rest of my face. It blended nice, stayed on all day even if I started to sweat, and didn't irritate the dry flaky areas around my nose or face at all! 

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Hi foxy1,


the first thing i want to suggest you look into is a hydrating serum like clarins hydraquench. i have sensitive, dehydrated skin and this serum has worked wonders for me!


second, i doubt its the makeup making your skin worse, its likely that the moisturizer you're using isnt hydrating enough and as a result your skin is sucking in your foundation to compensate. try a light, hydrating foundation like Makeup Forever's Face and Body - i promise you, you wont look like you're wearing any makeup at all! and because it's water proof it really works well in keeping your skin hydrated and making your makeup last all day


third, although you are experiencing relative dryness in certain areas, and keeping in mind you said your skin is combo, definitely set it with a finely milled transluscent powders like Makeup Forever's Microfinish Powder - it will really help to keep any oiliness you are experiencing at bay to give you a uniformly matte look.


For my extreme sensitive hyper allergic combo skin I use NARS Sheer Glow foundation.  

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